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Youngster On Verge Of First England Call Up After Starring for Premier League Side

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Youngster On Verge Of First England Call Up After Starring for Premier League Side

Conor Gallagher could be in line for an England call up in the not too distant future after a string of impressive performances for Crystal Palace this season.

The midfielder, who is currently on loan at Palace from Chelsea, has played five times for his new club, scoring twice.

Aged just 21, Gallagher has plenty of time to work his way into the England fond, but if reports are to be believed, he could soon be fast-tracked into Gareth Southgate's squad.

According to The Sun, he is already on the England manager's radar, who happened to be in attendance on Monday evening as Palace drew with Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League.

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Gallagher turned in yet another solid display for the Eagles, playing the full 90 minutes.

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A senior cap would be a fitting conclusion to the player's long England journey, as he has played for every junior squad from the Under 17s onwards.

After making his England U21 debut in 2019, Gallagher went on to make a further nine more appearances for the sid - most recently against Kosovo earlier this month.

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While many fans and pundits alike are talking up the Chelsea academy graduate's chances of playing for England, his current club manager isn't yet convinced.

Palace boss Patrick Viera instead urges caution, wanting to see the exciting prospect develop further before taking that leap.

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"This is the biggest problem in our world, when we have one or two performances, we always think that he deserves a national call and I still believe that he needs to be more consistent in his performance," Vieira told the media last month.

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"I think he has abilities but I believe - as well - it is too early for the call for him.

"He still has to improve but all the credit to Chelsea because he's not just a really good footballer, he's a good human being and he's a really good person as well.

"We've been working with him and talking with him and I think his time will come.

"But first what he needs to do is to perform on a consistent basis to allow him to go higher to the international level.

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"He needs to perform well week in week out with us, with the under-21s and that will allow him to go to the national team," The Frenchman added.

Topics: Chelsea, England, Conor Gallagher, Gareth Southgate, Crystal Palace

Tom Fenton
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